Kidnapped Benue commissioner regains freedom  


Benue State Commissioner for Housing and Urban Development, Ekpe Ogbu, has regained his freedom from the den of his abductors.

He was abducted on Sunday night while on a journey.

The commissioner and three persons he was travelling with — Honourable Agbo Ode, one of his in-laws and the driver — were taken captive at Adankari Junction on the Otukpo-Ado Road in the North-Central State.

The Benue commissioner was said to have attended a Church programme, where Senator Abba Moro, representing Benue South Senatorial district, dedicated his newly inaugurated Campaign Council to God at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Otukpo and was going to his village in Ndekman, Utonkon District of Ado LGA after the Church programme when the incident happened.

Special Adviser on Security Matters to Governor Samuel Ortom, Colonel Paul Hemba (retd), said that Ogbu regained his freedom on Tuesday.

He told Channels Television in a telephone conversation that more details on his release would be made available.

It has yet to be ascertained if any money was paid as ransom to secure the commissioner’s release.

The state government had on Sunday explained that the Hilux van the victim was travelling in had been recovered by the police in Otukpo, and had vowed to rescue the commissioner unhurt.

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